The gospel music industry’s preeminent awards show celebrated not only the accomplishments of its best and brightest but illustrated another way in which Black Lives Matter.

From the outside looking in the Stellar Awards seems like any other awards show. Beautiful men and women dressed to the hilt, flashbulbs popping as talent stands statuesque and smiling, and anxious reporters fielding questions of both the mundane and profound nature.

This is all par for the course during award show season. But where the Stellar Awards sets itself apart is when you are in the midst of it all and you feel the spirit hovering over the place where some of today’s most influential gospel singers come to celebrate God and be celebrated by their peers in the gospel music industry. Thanking Jesus is not just something these artists do when they step to the mic to accept their award; it is a way of life that they express through their artistry. This artistry, known as gospel music, has been celebrated by the Stellar Awards for 30 years.

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